The kids from Northbrook and Glenview making up "Team Chicago" will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, from March 21-30 to play in Europe's Lion's Cup tournament.
"It's a lot of bragging rights. There are 200 people in our grade and only three are going," said "Team Chicago" winger Ethan Kasdan. "It's just awesome. Walking through the airport in Sweden, everyone is going to be seeing us with our Chicago patches and representing the U.S. so that's cool."
"Once I heard about this I knew I really wanted to go, so I practiced as hard as I could and when I was asked to go I was so happy I was jumping up and down," said "Team Chicago" goalie Matthew Carr.
The 11-year-old boys will be fully immersed in Swedish culture, staying with host families and attending school with their children.
"To get to stay with [the Swedish players] in their house and go to school with them is going to be really interesting and fun because it's probably really different," Carr said.
The exchange program is now in its 14th year. In April, Northbrook and Glenview players who traveled to Sweden last year will host their Swedish counterparts into their homes. This year's group will do the same in April 2016.